Contest: Name My Chicken

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So in my first post I explained that my moniker was inspired by the rubber chicken hanging on the wall in my cube. After realizing that he’s now become an integral part of the office in that we all squeeze him whenever something breaks its time he had a name. That’s where you guys come […]

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PASS DBA SIG: Understanding the Default Trace

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Today during lunch was the monthly PASS webcast for the Database Administration SIG. This month’s topic was understanding the default trace and was presented by Jonathan Kehayias (BLOG Twitter). Jonathan did a great job as he very clearly explained the nuances of the default trace (i.e. what it really is, how you query it, what’s […]

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SSWUG Virtual Conference: Follow-up Thoughts

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Ok a few weeks ago was SSWUG‘s second virtual conference and my first experience with the virtual conference experience. Granted this review is a bit late but better than never I suppose. First off I have to tip my hat off to Stephen Wynkoop, Chris Shaw and the rest of the folks at SSWUG that […]

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Tampa SSUG 5/19/09 Review

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Tuesday night we had our monthly SSUG. Our special guest this month was Jack Corbett (aka unclebiguns) joining us from Orlando. Jack is a software developer for New Tribes Mission in Orlando. For his take on the evening check out his blog entry on the night. We kicked off the night with a discussion I […]

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Tampa Bay SQL User Group Meeting tomorrow night!

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Tampa Bay SQL User Group Meeting starts at 6:30 pm. Directions to meeting Date: 5/19/2009 Topic: Getting Started with SQL Server Profiler Speakers: Jack Corbett Location: Franklin Templeton Buidling Description:Jack Corbett will present Getting Started with SQL Server Profiler. We will earn how to use SQL Server Profiler to troubleshoot, audit, and tune your SQL […]

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Got Corruption?

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So today I’ve been dealing with one hellacious case of database corruption and thanks to the beauty of social networking I was able to get help from SQL Jedi-master Paul Randal. I’ll post my entire in an upcoming post but just wanted to share a new trick I learned. Paul posted an article tonight (thanks […]

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PowerShell: Giving in to the Inevitable?

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Here’s a quick question posed to my technical brethren: Have you drank the PowerShell Kool-Aid yet? I’ve sat back and tested the waters here and there and I see that you can do some pretty cool stuff with it but I’m an admitted GUI lover at the moment so what does this buy me? This […]

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How to Kill a Stuck VM in ESX 3.5

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This morning my VM’s decided to become schizophrenic and stop opening consoles. Virtual Center showed the VM’s as still running but some weren’t responding to pings, some were but all had this error when trying to connect via console: error connecting to vmfs volumes Ok, well luckily this was a test environment VM so I […]

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Got an Installation Stuck in a Loop?

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Today I was troubleshooting an issue where an MSI is constantly trying to install itself on the server but cannot find the files needed to complete the install. The errors encountered were the following: Source: MsiInstallerEvent ID: 1001 Detection of product ‘{GUID}’, feature ‘{program}’ failed during request for component ‘{GUID}’ What happened here was that […]

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